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difference between 'sparking' and 'club soda' ?

is there any difference?

i mean...i'm sure there's some mineral variences due to natural water and what not -- but basically does

club soda = san pell = perrier ?

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  1. I believe club soda has a high sodium content. Sparkling water usually has a broader array of minerals. I think seltzer is water injected with carbon dioxide.

    1. I concur with bulavinaka; club soda has salt in. Moce bulavinaka! (Fijian for Goodbye, thank you very much!!!)

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      1. re: markethej

        Ni sa moce - kana vaka levu: eat well!

      2. According to these definitions, they are the same ... carbonated water
        http://www.webtender.com/db/ingred/219
        http://www.bartleby.com/61/6/C0100600...

        It is my understanding that originally Club Soda was a propriatary name ... CANTRELL & COCHRANES SUPER CARBONATED "CLUB SODA"

        http://www.cantrell.ie/history.htm
        http://www.cantrell.ie/our_brands/clu...

        Up until the mid-20th century the term for carbonated water was club soda or seltzer. Later sparkling water became a common term.

        The way it is today what other posters said seems true. Usually club soda has salt. Often it is carbonated distilled tap water. The taste is kind of non-descript.

        Sparkling water is just carbonated water without the salt.

        Some water like San Pellegrino and Perrier have natural carbonation, though I believe Perrier takes the carbonation out and recarbonates it.

        Interesting info about carbonated water
        http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?n...

        For the heck of it ...how to make a club soda 'lava lamp'
        http://www.wackyuses.com/experiments/...

        1. Selzer is carbonated tap water. Club soda is a manufactured, carbonated water with any possible combination of salt/minerals the manufacturer deems to make the best tasting product. Sparkling is just a word to distinguish this class of water from "still" waters.

          1. The club soda in my fridge is simply carbonated water. No salt, sugar, or other stuff. AND at a bar, the soda on the gun is just filtered tap water that gets carbonated as it is poured.

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            1. re: mojoeater

              Yeah, but if you look at a bottle of Schwepp's Club Soda, or Canada Dry, they contain sodium. On the other hand, one if not both companies sell a product labled as seltzer water which doesn't contain sodium. I don't think this is a legislated defination by the FDA or any sort of AOC, so there is no objective answer; only what thos wacky guys in marketing decide!

              1. re: markethej

                Then there's tonic water, which almost always has HFCS, sodium and quinine.